Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Medical Science (MMSc)
Sangini Sheth, MD, MPH
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer and fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in women in the world. Current guidelines for cervical cancer screening recommend a Pap and/or human papillomavirus test and a follow-up colposcopy if particular abnormalities are discovered. In many patients, colposcopies cause significant levels of anxiety, adversely impacting patients’ pain tolerance and adherence to follow-up. Previous studies have shown mixed results on whether video colposcopy decreases this anxiety. Moreover, these effects have not been assessed in low-income communities who are disproportionally affected by cervical cancer. In this study, we will conduct a single blind randomized controlled trial to determine whether video colposcopy decreases anxiety associated with colposcopy in low-income patients. This study may help demonstrate the effectiveness of video educational interventions in reducing anxiety, potentially establishing video colposcopy as a useful addition to standard colposcopy practice in this patient population.
Zheng, Jessica, "Video Colposcopy for Decreasing Anxiety in a Low-Income Setting" (2020). Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program Theses. 38.
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